Here are some tips for a safe NYE:
- Designate a driver
- FREE Tipsy Tow offered by AAA: You don’t have to be a AAA member, from 6pm-6am on New Year’s Eve/Day they will take you and your car home for FREE. Save this number: 1-800-222-4357.
- FREE LA Metro buses and trains on NYE Dec 31st to the morning of Jan 1st from 9pm-2am.
- Keep your pets indoors
- Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
- Drink responsibly and have fun!
It has been a wonderful year for eco enthusiast, and I couldn’t have done it without all of you! I’ve learned so much, met some amazing people, and I’m looking forward to another year. In case you missed it, here is a list of 25 of the most popular posts from eco enthusiast (in no particular order):
- 40 Sustainable Restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area
- Alternative Earth Apparel
- 10 Lead-Free Reusable Shopping Bags
- Introducing a new site sponsor: Be Good Be Green Online Store
- Enrich LA
- Farm King
- Eco-Napkins by Stacy
- Recycled Juice Pouches
- Eco-friendly necklaces
- Kellygreen Home
- Greenfeet: The Planet’s Homestore
- Full Circle Scrap Happy Scrap Collector & Freezer Compost Bin
- Eco Fashions from Ecolissa.com
- BottleHood: Recycled Bottles To Glassware
- Vanishing of the Bees
- Elephant Poo Poo Paper
- Houseplants Improve Air Quality
- Home Composting
- Offset Your Carbon Footprint
- Rechargeable Batteries
- Gifts That Make A Difference
- 10 Eco-Friendly, Alternative & DIY Christmas Trees
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! Here is my gift to you:
A downloadable Recycle Symbol Snowflake e-card designed by yours truly.
Feel free to send it to your family and friends. Enjoy!
(right click or control click on the image to save file)
Be Good Be Green is a new website selling a variety of eco-friendly products. They are the latest sponsor of Eco Enthusiast, and offering a discount to new customers. Check out the Eco Enthusiast side bar for more info.
Be Good Be Green sells: Reusables, Home & Cleaning, Bath & Beauty, Health, and Lifestyle eco-friendly products. They have everything from reusable water bottles, kitchenware, makeup tools, yoga mats, tea, and much more…
Why BG² cares:
“We pride ourselves on offering amazing environmentally friendly products to consumers and to raise awareness about the changes that are happening to our planet, but the other part of our mission is social cause. We care deeply about what happens on the other side and believe everyone should have the opportunity to grow up well fed, well sheltered and educated.
Beyond our 1% annual donation to environmental green causes, BG² ‘s recurring monthly donation goes to SOS Global Village Builders. Global Village Builders joins with SOS Children’s Villages (www.sos-usa.org) to fund the development of new homes and villages for children in need.”
I’m excited about this new shop and I hope you show them some support. Also, check them out on Facebook and their blog.
I was looking for some gardening gloves and came across these multi-purpose 100% biodegradable bamboo gloves by MCR Safety Consumer Products. Here are the gloves specifications:
• Superior Comfort and Unrivaled Softness – Bamboo fabric is lighter and softer than cotton
• Breathable and cool – Bamboo fabric is 2-3 degrees cooler than cotton or polyester, and is more breathable than cotton or any other synthetic fabric
• Increased moisture absorption and ventilation – Bamboo fabric is up to 4times more absorbent than cotton. Tiny micro-gaps and micro-holes helps to promote better moisture absorption and ventilation. This structure allows the fabric to wick moisture away, keeping you cooler and drier.
• Naturally antibacterial – “Bamboo kun”, a unique antibacterial agent found in bamboo fiber helps to reduce bacteria that thrive on clothing and cause unpleasant odors, even after multiple washings.
• Anti-Fungal – Unlike cotton, bamboo fiber products will not hold odor or grow fungus, even if left in moist conditions.
• 100% Biodegradable shell and dip
These gloves fit snug and work rather well to help protect my hands. They are great quality and biodegradable. If you’re looking for some multi-purpose gloves, then I recommend you check these out.
Update 12/16/11: LA City Council did not ban single use bags today.
“Environmentalists and employers clashed at a City Council hearing Wednesday over a proposal to ban both paper and plastic single-use bags.
Environmental groups have hailed the plan to outlaw disposable bags, which would be among the state’s most stringent bans by prohibiting paper and plastic. But plastics industry groups call the proposal a job-killer.” read more of this article by the Daily News
Info below via L.A. Green Machine:
Please join us at the LA City Council meeting to ban single-use bags:
THIS FRIDAY, Dec. 16th, 9:30am
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street
John Ferraro Council Chamber Room 340
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The City of Los Angeles has a critical role to play in becoming a true leader in eliminating single-use bag waste and preventing the proliferation of plastic pollution in our neighborhoods, rivers and beaches.
Join us in urging the City Council to pass a single-use bag ban ordinance to help fulfill the goal of making L.A. the cleanest, greenest big city in the nation. Let’s make every day a day without a disposable bag.
Please wear GREEN to show your support.
Can’t join us for the rally at City Hall? Make your voice heard and show your support by signing the online petition to ban the bag in Los Angeles.
Or call/email your own personal LA City Council member here.
Being Green is an everyday lifestyle, that doesn’t need to stop during the holidays. I don’t want to forget my Jewish friends, so here are a few ways to have a green Hanukkah/Chanukah:
|LED Low Voltage Electric Menorah||Eco Flat 2D Wooden Dreidel||LED Recycled Motherboard Menorah|
|Beeswax Holiday & Special Occasion Candles||Eco-friendly Tapered Candles||Gifts That Make A Difference|
Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope you have a happy celebration.
Saturday, December 17th
Sunset Junction & Silver Lake Blvd
“We’re coordinating family-friendly activities on SLB, live music at the Living Room (Sunset) and Materials & Applications (SLB) and an Artist Bazaar to support all the great local artists in our neighborhood. Think live music or carolers! Eggnog, cider and cookies! Locally made products, special sales and giveaways! We want the whole neighborhood to be buzzing with locals shopping, eating, enjoying music and having a great time!”
Press release: December 10, 2011 (Los Angeles, CA) – The Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce announces its second annual “Silver Lake Holiday Night Out” – a holiday block party between local business and the community that encourages neighbors to mingle, shop and enjoy live musical acts, caroling and holiday treats on December 17th from 3-8pm.
Featuring two event hot spots in Sunset Junction and on Silver Lake Boulevard (between Berkeley and Effie), this year’s event features in-store specials and holiday treats at participating businesses (like Matrushka, Barkeeper, Stark Waxing Studio, Spice Station, Living Room, Yolk, Lamill and Lake), live music, caroling and family-friendly fun. Live bands will be featured in the parking lot at Living Room (3531 Sunset Blvd, 90026), with acoustic sets in the sculpture garden at Materials and Applications (1619 Silver Lake Blvd, 90026). Carolers from the Silverlake Conservatory of Music will stroll through Sunset Junction.
An Artist Bazaar featuring local artists (coordinated by the SLNC Arts & Culture Committee) and vendors, live music and family-friendly activities (face painting by Fairy Face Inc. and holiday activity tables by Wallaby) will be held in the parking lot at Satellite night club (1717 Silver Lake Blvd, 90026).
Complimentary Cheer Stations sponsored by SLCC members will offer hot chocolate, coffee and cider at the SLCC/SLNC pop-up tents located at Living Room and the Artist Bazaar, where the SLCC will also sell merchandise branded with its latest campaign, “I heart Silver Lake.”
A celebration of our great community, Silver Lake Holiday Night Out is a night for everyone to hit the streets, have a place to come together as a community and in the process, support local business. For artist/vendor application info, visit www.silverlakechamber.com. Event updates and added offerings will be posted on the SLCC blog: blog.silverlakechamber.com
Why look any further than Silver Lake for holiday cheer? Meet your neighbors, shop the sales, keep it local.
Love is the Color of a Rainbow is a lovely story that will inspire children to unite with nature. The overall tone and subject matter is beautifully inspiring.
Willow, a little girl who has been blind since birth hears pit-pats of the first summer rain, she quickly encourages her Mama to go outside, Mama shares all the colors of a rainbow with Willow through nature, there Willow experiences that Love is the Color of a Rainbow.
“Love is the Color of a Rainbow with it’s gentle pastel chalk illustrations invites children to experience nature through their senses-discovering what colors of the rainbow they might chose. It also fosters a parent/child interaction as they share a nature walk; in so doing empowering children through their senses in nature is a wonderful way for children to understand their relationship with nature as interconnectedness, that with nature we are one. It is no secret that children who engage in nature experience less stress, better concentration, increased creativity and higher self esteem. So, come join Willow and Mama on a nature walk through all the colors of a rainbow in Love is the Color of a Rainbow.”
The book is 8.5×11 soft cover. and printed on 100% eco friendly paper. A portion of the proceeds from your purchase of this book will support nature and environmental organizations. (Ex: Ocean Magazine, Surfrider Foundation, etc…)
To order the book or to find out more info, go to:
This Saturday is the final Silver Lake Art Craft & Vintage Market of 2011 at the Micheltorena St. Elementary School.
“Get into the buy local holiday spirit as more than 40 DIY crafters, vintage clothes vendors, artists, food trucks and more gather for 2011′s final Silver Lake Art Craft & Vintage market 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. At the Micheltorena St. Elementary School. Proceeds from each market benefit the LAUSD school. The indie flea market (held the second Saturday of the month) is one of many alternate ways to shop and go beyond the mall this weekend on the Eastside. Tasty bites supplied by local food trucks. Volunteers are welcome at the Micheltorena St. School garden on Saturday as well.”